Does that sound? You are sitting comfortably watching the news, and suddenly you are announced that a group of Norwegian researchers have discovered a correlation between eating pumpkin seeds and a lower risk of suffering from impotence. It’s a totally invented example, but you know what kind of news I mean.
The problem is that we receive information of this type every day. One day it is good to eat such a thing, the next one warns us that the same thing can increase the risk of such a disease. They only give a piece of information, very partial, and go on to the next story. And since our brains cannot process all this information, we forget most, and we are left with those that impacted us the most. But with this kind of information we have no idea what to eat and what not to eat.
I must do some self-criticism myself too. Because I regularly write articles about the benefits of such food. And those items, if read individually, can also increase confusion about what you should eat. That’s why I decided to write this article with more general advice. It is possible to eat healthy following some common-sense advice, and here I am going to give you some.
The excesses are bad
Almost all foods have their good effects and their risks. For example, I recently told you about the benefits of potatoes. It is a basic food that is very good to have in the diet, but if you cover the quota of carbohydrates every day with the potato, you probably have an excessive consumption, and then you increase some risks for your health.
You must vary between different kinds of carbohydrates: rice, pasta, cereals, etc. And the reason why you must vary is not only to avoid excesses, but because each food gives you certain nutrients, but others do not. To have a balanced diet and that your body receives everything you need, it is necessary that the sources of food are diverse, and do not speak only of carbohydrates, but of all food in general. You must eat fruits and vegetables, but do not always eat the same. Similarly, protein sources vary.
Respect the food pyramid
I used to talk about carbohydrates, because they are the basis of a balanced diet. Obviously, they are not the only foods that you have to eat or the most important, but they are the most important. Then there are the fruits and vegetables, and then the protein sources (fish, meat, egg and others). Everything is important, but in quantities, you eat more carbohydrates than proteins. I wrote an article about the food pyramid, if you want to learn more about it.
Avoid prepared food, fried food, pastries, sauces etc
Industrial prepared food is very practical, but often it is not very healthy. It usually contains trans fats that are not recommended. Fried things, even if you do them at home, are not very good for your health either. And what about the pastry? Especially the industrial one. Well, you should not eat it. I know it’s difficult. Sometimes you do not have time to cook and the temptation to buy something already prepared is great. But, you can be sure that preparing your own dishes is much healthier, provided you do it in a reasonable, clear way. Because if you’re going to put a lot of fat or lots of sauces, the goal of healthy eating is very far away.
In any case, I invite you to read the article I wrote some time ago about the recommended daily consumption foods, and those that you should avoid. Surely it will be very helpful.
In summary, if you respect the food pyramid, changing the food and avoiding eating the products that I have mentioned before, you will have done a large part of the way towards a healthy diet.